CEO Message – March 2015

Join HRPA for a special interactive lunch with former General Electric HR head Bill Conaty

Bill Greenhalgh

How well do you know the high potentials in your leadership pipeline? Do you know who’s ready to step in and take over a division or function if the need arose? Do you know who could backfill that incumbent’s job? Are you doing enough to prepare your high potentials to fill these future roles?

According to Bill Conaty’s recent book, The Talent Masters, a chief executive’s primary role is to attract, assess and develop future talent for organizational success—and if that’s the CEO’s main role, then clearly the VP HR should be providing the judgment and expertise to assist in the process.

Case in point: In one anecdote that illustrates just how well Conaty and his boss (former GE CEO) Jack Welch knew GE’s talent base, they were faced with the sudden departure of Larry Johnson, who had been heading up the company’s appliance business. Within a day, they knew who would be his replacement, as well as who would fill three other jobs down the line—precisely because of their knowledge of GE’s top talent.

HR Executive Authors Series Luncheons: Talent Masters with Bill Conaty

Conaty, former SVP HR at General Electric, will be sharing these anecdotes and insights, discussing his book and career at General Electric influencing and working alongside Welch at an upcoming HRPA HR Executive Authors Series Luncheons—May 8 at One Restaurant in Toronto’s Hazelton Hotel.

Click here for more information and to register for this event.

This is an exclusive opportunity to break bread with someone who has truly helped shape modern HR practice–particularly around leadership and talent management.

Pre-approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities

On another note, I was recently in Thunder Bay visiting the Northwestern Ontario chapter, and I had a few members who wanted some clarification around HRPA’s Pre-approved CPD program.

There is a wide variety of activities that can be credited towards the CPD requirement for maintaining a designation granted by HRPA, and attending conferences, seminars and workshops is a popular option.  This type of CPD activity may be pre-approved by HRPA.  While a program doesn’t have to be pre-approved to be eligible for CPD, it certainly helps members identify which programs that can confidently include in their CPD log.   Pre-approved programs (e.g., seminars, workshops conferences) display this HRPA CPD seal:

hrpaPre-approved programs and activities are provided with an HRPA ID number. Upon completion of the activity, participants are provided with this number.  HRPA members may use the number to identify the activity in their CPD log. Providers do not submit participant lists to HRPA, so it is each member’s responsibility to track their own professional development activities.

More information about the CPD requirement

More information about offering pre-approved CPD programs.


Bill Greenhalgh

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